Polish up your pecs: women prefer strong men, say scientists

Researchers asked 160 women to rate the attractiveness of headless male torsos and every single woman chose the stronger men over the weak

Some women may claim that chiselled abs and giant biceps are not what they are seeking in a man. But a scientific study suggests that if your female partner tells you this, she is probably just being kind.

The study, on the subject of male bodily attractiveness, has found that the most Herculean bodies were universally the most appealing, according to the 160 women doing the rating.

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Alex Miller evokes lost Melbourne and past loves in ‘private and personal’ novel

Award-winning Australian author on the inspiration for The Passage of Love and the challenges of autobiographical fiction

We are in a golden age of autofiction – that is, memoir written in the style of a novel – with powerful recent works in the genre by writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, Rachel Cusk, Sheila Heti and Helen Garner. Now, two-time Miles Franklin award-winner Alex Miller has turned his talents to the genre.

Miller, aged 80, appears via Skype from his home in Castlemaine, in regional Victoria, to discuss his latest book, The Passage of Love. With his first novel published in 1988, Miller’s a veteran of the publicity circuit but he can become quite sharp when he doesn’t like a question or observation – and The Passage of Love sits close to the bone.

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